PIP Q13. Planning & Following Journeys
How do I answer this question?
My mobility is now so bad that I cannot get around at all. –but– Before it got so bad I hardly went out at all anyway as I do not feel safe outside by myself. Everything is/was purchased online because I panic if I go into a shop. Husband has to do all grocery shopping as just the thought of a trip round Tesco brings me out in a cold sweat.
Medication (Morphine) makes me feel drowsy and disorientated and (Nitrazepam) makes me feel hung over till midday. I cannot work out directions to anywhere most of the time – I even have to take a screenshot now when I book a doctor’s appointment online so my husband can check I have the correct time in my head (after getting it wrong many times and turning up late/wrong day). The only time I can think clearly is between 4pm & 5pm when the morphine is wearing off, just before the next dose is due.
I (obviously) do not drive on this medication but I cannot follow maps. My husband has bought a satnav as he got fed up with me navigating with a road map and getting him lost!
I am terrified of small dogs. A couple of years ago I had an altercation with a man on our seafront. His little bulging-eyed dog ran up to me & snarled – I thought it might bite me, so I kicked it! He said he was going to get me arrested (till I pointed out a byelaw that says ‘dogs must be on leads on the prom’) & the dog was obviously ‘not under control’ if it did that anyway. Before I lost my mobility I used to run in the opposite direction if I saw a small dog off a lead coming towards me.
I had a stroke a few years ago & now have memory/concentration problems. I cannot use public transport now –but– when I could (until just over a year ago) I was ok until a stranger talked to me at the bus stop, or sat next to me on the bus. I used to get off the bus at the next stop and catch the next bus (home if the next one was full). In the end my husband had to take me to the hospital etc in the car because of my paranoia.
I will not answer the phone if I do not recognise the number; or talk to anyone I do not know over the phone. I was scammed a few years ago, and have been paranoid about talking to strangers on the phone ever since, so if I was out by myself and got ‘lost’, I would have to phone a family member for them to ring a taxi for me or to arrange for someone to pick me up. I was so panicky about claiming PIP (because of the telephone call) I had to take several deep breaths while my husband phoned the number and passed the phone over to me. He stayed by my side ready to take over if I started to really panic and try to put the phone down.
It’s a difficult question to answer because, if I was able to walk around with no problems, I would have the problems above. Is the DWP talking about an ‘actual’ journey or a ‘hypothetical’ one?
I am on DLA High Mob/Care atm. Am praying I do not lose my mobility, as cannot face a Tribunal. Can you still get Attendance Allowance, or is that transferring to PIP as well? Just asking, as will be 65 next month – money is not so much, but wondering whether it would be less hassle to claim than having a fight with PIP?